NYC Winter #2 – Markets, Lights and Trees

Do you hear those sleigh bells ringing yet? It’s around ten days until Christmas and that means Santa has already started packing his sack and getting the reindeer in check! This is when NYC truly becomes manic as tourists come into town to shop and see all the sights. Previously I told you guys about the ‘Christmas Cluster’ but now it’s time for some other bits and bobs.

First up is just general wandering. That might sound a bit weird but honestly just walking around New York is a great way to get into the festive spirit. Lots of shops, businesses and homes are decorated for the occasion and many people are already wearing Santa hats. We also get a lot of Christmas tree sellers on the pavement which makes walking past them a necessity as the smell is amazing. I was walking down second avenue and came across this stand with these cute wooden reindeer haha. Everyone tends to go all out for the holidays!

I unfortunately didn’t get a chance to go take some photos but another place to check out is Macy’s and the Herald Square area. It’s on 34th and 6th Avenue and they have lots of lights and displays. Macy’s is the place to go if you want to meet the man himself! I’ve done it before and there’s normally a long queue but you get to walk through a ‘winter wonderland’ of fun displays and statues. The whole experience is very sweet and although more targeted at kids, I still had a great time sitting on his knee haha.

Next up is Union Square Holiday Market. It differs to Bryant Park as most of these stalls are art based – paintings, artifacts, jewellery etc. Saying that, there are a few food places in case you need a pick me up or snack break. This is a great place to get unique gifts for people and also find some interesting treats for yourself.

I was going to do a whole post on Santacon but unfortunately it was yesterday if you’re reading this on time! So if you happen to be coming back to NYC for Christmas next year it’s definitely something you should look into. Lots of people dress up as Santa and essentially go bar hopping. There is an official leader ‘Santa’ who texts/tweets locations kind of like a treasure hunt and the final stop is usually a big party. I participated last year and actually did a post which you can read here.

I guess my last thing is an activity. There’s a tour company called A Slice of Brooklyn and they offer different sightseeing opportunities round Brooklyn (duh Adam). Around the holidays they have one called Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour. They pick you up in NYC and for three to four hours drive you around Brooklyn to see how the locals have decorated their houses. Being from the UK I’ve never seen houses this intensely decorated and it was incredible. Our guide was really knowledgeable and a pretty funny guy. We were the youngest people on the tour by quite a margin but still had a really good time. The photos do not do any justice but the sheer extremity that some of these people have gone to for a lit up home is extreme.

And there is a brief list of things to do in NYC for winter. Hopefully something caught your eye and maybe will trigger you to come check it out!


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